Category Archives: Security Policy

Israel-Saudi relations have come a long way

by Paul Iddon At the Munich Security Conference earlier this year Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “accused Iran of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia” and accordingly called on “moderate” Sunni Arab monarchies to fight “radical” forces in the region. According … Continue reading

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On our own behalf: I’m back

Deutsch (scroll down for an English translation) Werte Leser, ich kann mitteilen, dass ich letzte Woche nach monatelanger intensiver Arbeit meine Masterarbeit “Multicultural Failure? Peacebuilding after Ethnic Civil War” bei der Freien Universität in Berlin einreichen konnte. Bei dieser Arbeit … Continue reading

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The ISIS drone threat

by Paul Iddon. In a 1993 televised panel discussion about the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and potential ballistic missile threats from countries like North Korea and Iran, scholar Russell Seitz briefly touched upon the simple forms in which asymmetrical threats … Continue reading

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Taliban’s Propaganda War

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. The news media heralds the terror organisation “Islamic State” (ISIS) … Continue reading

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Iran’s high speed catamaran, Shahid Nazeri, deploys near the Strait of Hormuz

Satellite imagery shows Iran’s high speed catamaran, Shahid Nazeri, at Bandar Abbas, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Navy (IRGCN) First Region naval base. The IRGCN deployed the Shahid Nazeri to an operational naval base and what could be the vessel’s home … Continue reading

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Strategic Spillover: The Emirates in Africa

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Operation Atlantic Resolve: Back to Europe

by Louis Martin-Vézian of CIGeography (Facebook / Twitter). Due to the stable situation in Europe, the new strategic direction of the Obama administration towards the East Asian-Pacific region (Pivot to East Asia) and the increasing austerity measures in the US … Continue reading

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The Territorial Defense Force – Poland’s militia for anti-hybrid warfare

by Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter). Björn is journalist in Berlin focusing on security policy and geopolitics. The beginning of 2017 marks the official implementation of Poland’s so called “Territorial Defense Force” (TDF; in Polish: Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej or WOT) … Continue reading

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Russia’s second faux drawdown from Syria

by Paul Iddon. On January 6, 2017 Moscow announced for the second time in less than a year that it is partially withdrawing its forces from Syria (the fist announcement was in March 2016). This time the Russians said their … Continue reading

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Europäische Sicherheitspolitik – zwischen Washington und Moskau

von Tilman Asmus Fischer. Er studierte Geschichte und Kulturwissenschaft an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und ist als freier Journalist tätig “Die Armee der Zukunft – Nationale oder europäische Aufgabe?” Unter dieser Frage stand der 25. Europäische Abend, den die Europa-Union … Continue reading

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